With 17 more cases of Omircon being reported across India — nine persons in Jaipur, seven in Pune and a 37-year-old fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania — the total number of cases has risen to 21.
Most of those who tested positive for the new variant had either recently arrived from African countries or were in contact with such people. With this, four States and the national capital have now reported cases of the potentially more contagious variant.
The nine people who tested positive in Jaipur include four members of a family who returned from South Africa recently.
The new cases in Maharashtra include a woman who along with her two daughters came from Nigeria, and her brother and a man who returned from Finland in the last week of November, officials said. The number of cases in the State now stands at eight.
Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain said the national capital’s first patient has been admitted to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital. The patient had a sore throat, weakness and body ache, according to health officials, who added that the patient’s travel history is being collated and his contacts being traced. Mr. Jain said the Delhi Government is testing all the people coming from the affected countries.